“Rent A Bike in France” Prepares to Launch It’s New Service

By Maggie LaCoste

A quick follow up to my two recent posts about renting bikes in France:  a new bike service, “Rent a Bike in France” is in the process of launching a service that will help you find bikes for hire anywhere in France.  Basically, the new company is an online agent, matching people looking to rent bikes with professional bike shops throughout France.  The website is in the final stages of development, and representative Geoffroy Muller says that everything should be complete within two weeks.  Since many of you, like me, are in the midst of planning summer 2011 trips, I thought that information on this new resource would be timely.

While this new service will probably not replace my favorite bike shops in Beaune, Sarlat, Bordeaux or in towns along the Loire, it certainly will be terrific if it facilitates one way rentals.  The new service will offer a wide variety of bikes, from standard city bikes to mountain bikes, hybrids, tandems, electric bikes and kids bikes.  It appears that they will even offer the very hard to rent road or racing bikes.  In concept this service could be a terrific resource to those of us who don’t want the hassle and expense of lugging a bike to France.  As of right now, the reservation process is linked to the department that you want to rent from and the specific zip code within that department.  So you will need to have a zip code from a specific town in order to request an estimate.  When the final touches to the website are completed, you will be able to enter this information, along with the type of bike(s) desired, sex and height information, any extra services desired, and you will receive a live confirmation of availability and price.

Current rental estimates listed online are 12Euro/day for a basic bike and 30Euro/day for high end specialty bikes like tandems, electric or road bikes.  Extra services that will be offered include delivery of bikes at the beginning of your trip, collection of bikes at the end of the trip, guided bike tours of major cities, helmets, bike trailers, child seats and bike carriers.  This new service appears to be focused on providing whatever bike-related needs a customer wants, and if this is the case, it will be filling a very big market need.

Stay tuned for more information on Rent a Bike in France in early March!

Posted by Maggie LACoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.

  1. Any suggestions or know of any websites where people who are looking for other people to tour with might connect?

    1. Hi Hugh, this is a question I’ve never gotten before. I do have a couple of suggestions you might try, I have not used any of them myself for this purpose, so am not sure how helpful they will be. First suggestion is http://www.bikeforums.net. There are forums on this website for almost everything you can imagine about biking, so go through the list and see if you can find a category where you could either look for a partner or post that you are looking for a partner. Second suggestion is the website for Adventure Cyclist. They actually have a section on the website where people post that they are looking for partners. Here is the website: http://www.adventurecycling.org/mag/companions.cfm. You might also look in the back pages of Bicycling Magazine and see if they have any sections with people looking for rides. My last suggestion would be to use Facebook or Twitter to put the word out about where you would like to ride. These would probably be my best suggestions. Then, depending on where you want to go, you can always go it alone. We always meet a lot of solo travelers when we bike overseas. If you choose the right route, traveling by yourself can be fun. I would definitely do the Loire alone–pretty much anywhere along the route. There is so much to see and do along the way that you are not conscious of the fact that you are alone. I would bike around Bordeaux or Toulouse alone–lots of trails, lots of young people. From both cities you could stay in town, and take bike trips during the day. Hope that this information helps!